Sheffield United 2-2 Stevenage
Sheffield United’s automatic promotion hopes suffered a huge blow on Saturday as they were held to a 2-2 draw by play-off hopefuls Stevenage.
With news filtering through that promotion rivals Wednesday had won at Brentford - taking them two points above United - a bumper crowd at Bramall Lane knew their side had to respond.
Sporting next season’s home kit United started brightly with Stephen Quinn and Lee Williamson both coming close to putting the Blades ahead.
But it was the visitors who took the lead on the half hour.
Patrick Agyemang’s low cross trickled into the bottom corner via a combination of Harry Maguire and Stevenage midfielder Joel Byrom.
After the break it got worse for the hosts when Scott Laird’s speculative effort took a deflection off Matt Lowton to deceive Steve Simonsen in the Blades net.
Blades boss Danny Wilson threw caution to the wind, making a double substitution which changed the game.
Minutes after coming on the two substitutes combined when Richard Cresswell headed home Ryan Flynn’s cross.
With fifteen minutes left Blades legend James Beattie entered the fray and in the 85th minute he headed down for Lowton who volleyed into the roof of the net.
The Blades pushed for the winner, knowing a draw wouldn’t be enough to take them back above Wednesday, but to no avail.
United travel to Exeter for their final game of the season on Saturday knowing their fate is no longer in their own hands.